Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on
Wednesday invaded the Secretariat of the Ondo State Oil producing Area
and Development Commission (OSOPADEC) Oba-Ile Akure north local
government and arrested four of its senior staff.
The arrested staff included its chairman, Pastor Johnson Ogunyemi,
Secretary, Dr. Dele Durojaye, Sola Orisamoluwa and the Director of
Finance, Vincent Ikuomola.
Officials of the EFCC, who stormed the office around 12pm were said to
have locked the main gate leading to the secretariat and headed
straight to the office of the chairman.
This was done in order to prevent people moving in or coming out of the office.
When our reporters got to the office, he was prevented from entering
the compound by some police officers stationed at the gate.
The officials of the EFCC however spent about three hours in the
offices of the four officials of commission before leaving with them
in a coaster bus and two hilux vans.
It was gathered that the anti-graft commission officials, however,
left with some files and documents with the four officers of OSOPADEC.
Workers of the commission were seen gathering in groups discussing the
arrest of the principal officers in hush tones.
One of the workers who spoke in confidence said the arrest of the
OSOPADEC officials might not be unconnected with the failure of the
commission to pay students bursary in the last two or three years.
He also said the arrest might be traced to the financial mismanagement
of the officials of the commission.
However, another staff of the commission linked the arrest of the
OSOPADEC officials to a petition by interested stakeholders seeking
for explanation on the commission's spendings in the last eight years.
He said "the Commission had failed to render its financial activities
to the public in the last eight years and this might be one of the
petitions against the <b>commission</b> before the EFCC."